Putin points to links to Ukraine of perpetrators of the Moscow attack | Russia

Putin points to links to Ukraine of perpetrators of the Moscow attack | Russia
Putin points to links to Ukraine of perpetrators of the Moscow attack | Russia
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The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, made the first public statements about the attack that left at least 115 people dead on Friday at the Crocus City Hall concert hall in Moscow. “The Russian Federation will identify and punish all those who prepared the terrorist attack,” he assured.

The perpetrators of the attack, Putin said, “tried to hide and were heading towards Ukraine where, according to preliminary information, the Ukrainian side had prepared a window for them to cross the border.”

The journalist from Wall Street Journal Yaroslav Trofimov commented on Putin’s statement, recalling that “Russia’s border with the government-controlled parts of Ukraine is by far one of the most difficult to cross, with minefields on one side and on the other, FSB agents [Serviço Federal de Segurança] looking for infiltrators, drones and other surveillance mechanisms everywhere”, in other words: “the worst place for fugitives.”

The idea that the attackers were planning to flee to Ukraine “is not a very convincing allegation”, he also commented. the journalist from Economist Oliver Carrollwhich covers Russian issues, on the social network. Still, Carroll noted that Putin has not, at least yet, directly blamed Ukraine.

The governor of the Moscow region, Andrei Vorobyov, warned however that the death toll is expected to increase “significantly”, and that rescuers will still have “several days” of work ahead of them in the rubble of the building, where the attackers caused a fire, in addition of having shot many people.

The death toll from the attack, claimed by Daesh through its official channels, was 115, including three children, but this morning the teams “entered the place where the most terrible things happened”, Andrei Vorobyov told journalists, according to the broadcaster Al Jazeera.

On Telegram, Vorobyov had already warned that work at the site would “continue for at least a few more days”.

There will still be 121 people hospitalized, with around 60, including children, in serious or very serious condition, according to the British daily The Guardian.

On Friday night, Carroll wrote that who was responsible is not the central question, but rather how the event will be used, remembering the Reichstag fire, taken advantage of by Hitler’s Nazis to blame the communists and gain emergency powers.

Indications that Russia was following this path were added even before Putin’s statement. “All four terrorists” were arrested while on their way to the border with Ukraine, according to the FSB, adding that they had contacts in the country, according to Reuters.

“Now we know in which country these damned bandits planned to hide – in Ukraine”, declared the spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Zakharova, on Telegram, cited by the British agency.

Deputy Andrei Kartapolov said that in the event of Ukrainian involvement, Russia should respond in a “clear and concrete” way.

Also on Iran after the suicide bombing that hit a ceremony marking the anniversary of the death of General Qassem Soleimani.

“Originally, Tehran claimed that Israel was behind the attack but, in the following days, revealed that the individuals/network they detained were from ISKP [Daesh-K] and they were linked to Afghanistan.”

Ukraine has vehemently denied having any involvement in the attack, and Russia has previously been the scene of terrorist attacks by Daesh – against which it fought when it became involved in the civil war in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad in 2015.

And a previous US warning of potential extremist attacks in Moscow also pointed to an Islamist attack. A few days ago, Putin himself spoke of this warning, considering it a “provocation”: “all this seems like blackmail and the intention to intimidate and destabilize our society”, he declared then.

The RIA Novosti agency this Saturday quoted a security source as saying that the US warning about potential attacks was “nothing specific”.

The US says the group responsible for the attack was Daesh-Khorasan, or Daesh-K, a branch of the self-proclaimed Islamic State created by Pakistani fighters who, months after announcing the creation of the Daesh-dominated “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq in 2014, they left for Afghanistan.

Daesh-K had already been considered by Islamist terrorism expert Peter R. Neumann as probably the only branch of Daesh “that would currently have the capacity to carry out a large and coordinated attack in the West”.

In December 2023, four members of the group were arrested in Austria, accused of planning attacks on churches at Christmas time, with warnings also in Germany, where Cologne Cathedral was evacuated.

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